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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 229-232

D Dimer in acute care

Department of Critical Care Medicine, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Urvil D Patwa
Junior consultant, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Ruby Hall Clinic, Sassoon Road, Pune - 411 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.141435

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Pulmonary embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) are important sources of mortality and morbidity in intensive care unit (ICU). And every time D-dimer remains the the commonest investigation. Many times D-dimer is erroneously considered as a diagnostic test in above mentioned conditions. Its interpretation requires cautions. To circumvent this source of error it is necessary to understand D-dimer test and its significance in various disorder. This article review some basic details of D-dimer, condition associated with its increased level and some prognostic value in intracranial hemorrhage and gastrointestinal (GI) bleed.

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